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International tax competition forcing Swiss cantons to act

BAK press release: BAK Taxation Index 2019

The BAK Taxation Index 2019 shows that Swiss cantons continue to perform very well in international comparison when it comes to the corporate tax burden. This despite the fact that international tax competition has accelerated considerably since the last survey in 2017. The tax burden in the USA, for example, has diminished sharply thanks to the Trump tax reform. This trend looks set to continue. Other countries, such as France, have announced major reductions for companies in the next few years. The tax landscape in Switzerland will see considerable changes too, as the Swiss Tax Reform (TRAF) will be implemented next year.

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